Mexican Drug Lords Have U.S. Anchor Babies
A Texas newspaper column known as “Narco Confidential” reveals that the women in a renowned Mexican drug lord’s family like delivering their babies in the United States, further fueling the already heated anchor baby controversy.
The story comes up because last week the pregnant daughter of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, got busted trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing. Guzman is the head of the Sinaloa Cartel and the U.S. government has offered a multi-million-dollar reward for his capture. He’s considered one of the world’s most wanted drug lords and his heavily-armed cartel controls trafficking along much of the U.S. border with Mexico.
The drug king’s daughter, Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, wants to have a U.S.-born child with automatic American citizenship and all the benefits that accompany it. When illegal immigrants like Guzman Salazar have children in the U.S., the kids are known as anchor babies. The term was adopted because the U.S.-born children not only automatically qualify for a variety of benefits, they provide permanent residency for immediate family members – mother, father and siblings – and the link to future citizenship.
Guzman Salazar admitted to federal authorities that she intended to go to Los Angeles to give birth. She has been charged with fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents. No further information has been provided about what will happen to her.
Last year El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel, gave birth to twin girls at a southern California hospital. Other Mexican drug lords, such as Ramon Arellano Felix, have sent family to the U.S. to give birth to anchor babies, according to news reports. Clearly, the nation’s generous policies are being exploited by hardcore criminals and American dream seekers alike.